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Krestetsky embroidery

Example of Krestetsky embroidery. Example of Krestetsky embroidery.

Krestetsky embroidery originates from the Krestetsky district, in the Novgorod Oblast, between St Petersburg and Moscow. This form of embroidery has over the years become famous in Russia and beyond. It is sometimes described as Krestetsky whitework, or Krestetsky flaxen work. It may be classed as a form of embroidered lace.

This form of decorative needlework originated as a type of pulled thread work or cutwork, whereby threads are pulled out, or cut out of the woven linen fabric. Threads were then used to create various designs into the cloth. Over time, during the nineteenth century, extra warp threads were added to the fabric to work a form of needleweaving and create a lacey effect.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 23 October 2016).


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